Tip: quickly redial the last number on your iPhone

By , Feb 9, 2016


If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, pressing iOS’s Phone icon gives you shortcuts for calling your top three favorite contacts right from the Home screen. But aside from 3D Touch, the Phone app has received little innovation in years past.

That being said, a lot of iPhone owners are not completely familiar with the ins and outs of the Phone app beyond making and receiving phone calls. Many of my friends, for instance, routinely go to Phone → Recents to call the last dialed number.

Apple’s interface designers have thought of that, too, but unfortunately their solution is not readily apparent in Phone’s interface. In this quick tutorial, we’ll teach you how to call the last dialed number right from Phone’s Keypad section.

How to quickly redial the last number on your iPhone

1) Open the Phone app on your iPhone.

2) Tap Keypad at the bottom.

3) Tap the green Call button once.

4) The number you dialed last appears at the top of the interface. Now tap the Call button again to redial that last number and place a call to it.

iOS 9 Phone app Redial last number iPhone screenshot 001

You can also use Siri or Voice Control: just press and hold the Home button and say “Redial that last number”.

How do you like this handy little shortcut?

RELATED: How to make the most of 3D Touch in Phone app

Shoot us your tutorial submissions at tips@iDownloadBlog.com.

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  • the hood

    This shotrtcut is no shorter in taps than using the ‘recents’ tab. Back to the drawing board for you. But I’m sure Sebastien will come to your defence ‘again’ 🙂

    • iByron

      It’s potentially shorter if you’ve got the big 6 Plus:

      – Keypad (1 tap)
      – Call button (1 tap)
      – Dial (1 tap)
      – TOTAL = 3 taps

      – Recents (1 tap)
      – Reachability (2 taps)
      – Top number, if no incoming calls in the interim; (1 tap)
      – TOTAL = 4 taps AND you have to allow for the firing of brain cells to verify that the top number is, in fact, the last number dialed.

      Micronanoseconds count 🙂

      • the hood

        in your first example don’t you need to tap the phone app first?

      • iByron

        You do in both of them, so it’s a moot point.

      • the hood

        Therefore your first example is 4 taps the same as going through the recent tab. I wish people would learn to read and comprehend first.

  • I think this is a really cool tip especially for beginners that don’t know a lot of ways to access the diferent features. I guarantee there’s a lot of people that don’t know that you can do that by just using Siri. Good stuff!

    • the hood

      More importantly, patent your name as it would make an excellent title for a blog or tech site.

  • Alex-V

    I still have a hope for T9 contact search with the original dial pad

    • the hood

      T9 is brilliant, they don’t make ’em like they used to.

  • M_Hawke

    There should just be an easier way to redial the last number.

  • diggitydang

    I was hoping there was a 3D Touch option to do that. I actually wish the settings menu allowed us to choose which optional 3D Touch actions we wanted to have. THAT would be cool and make it more usable for everyone.

  • Also a nice quick trick you can use via the keypad is to hide your number, by typing *67 in front of the number you dial. That hides your caller-id for that particular call so you can place an anonymous call.